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2010-12-14 00:01:39

New Initiative to Fund Field Conservation Projects Silver Spring, MD (Vocus) December 13, 2010 The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Ape Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) today announced a critical new campaign to sustain a future for one of the planet's most imperiled group of animals"” apes. For apes"”bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, gibbons and siamangs"”the outlook in the wild is bleak. Given catastrophic population declines, it is estimated that some ape...

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2010-12-06 10:33:45

Tiger population may be the second largest in the world, but it remains under threat Scientists have created the highest resolution map of the Sumatran tiger distribution ever produced, revealing that the island now hosts the second largest tiger population on earth. The research, carried out with the Wildlife Conservation Society's Indonesia Program and Forum HarimauKita, will be published in a special issue of Integrative Zoology, on tiger conservation and research methodologies. Hariyo T....

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2010-09-29 09:37:10

Study finds higher temperatures, precipitation levels mean greater harm by parasites to developing chicks A Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) study on nesting birds in Argentina finds that increasing temperatures and rainfall"”both side effects of climate change in some parts of the world"”could be bad for birds of South America, but great for some of their parasites which thrive in warmer and wetter conditions. The study, which looked at nesting forest birds in Santa Fe,...

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2010-09-15 10:20:00

The world's tiger population has dipped below 3,500, and those that have managed to survive have been confined in a fraction of their available habitat, according to a new study published online in PLoS Biology on Tuesday. The study--which was authored by researchers at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as well as representatives from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)/Species Survival Commission (SSC) Cat Specialist Group, the IUCN's Species Survival...

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2010-09-05 11:50:00

Wildlife Conservation Society-led census boasts record numbers for vulturesWhile vultures across Asia teeter on the brink of extinction, the vultures of Cambodia are increasing in number, providing a beacon of hope for these threatened scavengers, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other members of the Cambodia Vulture Conservation Project.Researchers report that record numbers of vultures have been counted in Cambodia's annual vulture census, with 296 birds of three...

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2010-08-31 12:34:55

With a simple click of the camera, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and Zoological Society of London have developed a new way to accurately monitor long-term trends in rare and vanishing species over large landscapes. Called the "Wildlife Picture Index," (WPI) the methodology collects images from remote "camera traps," which automatically photograph anything that lopes, waddles, or slinks past. These virtual photo albums "“ sometimes containing thousands of photos of...

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2010-08-25 19:51:40

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are requesting that the Government of Tanzania reconsider the proposed construction of a commercial road through the world's best known wildlife sanctuary"”Serengeti National Park"”and recommend that alternative routes be used that can meet the transportation needs of the region without disrupting the greatest remaining migration of large land animals in the world.At issue is the proposed...

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2010-08-19 08:34:01

Rising ocean temperatures in waters off the northwestern coast of Indonesia are killing off coral at one of the fastest rates ever recorded, conservationists warned Wednesday, adding that the threat extends to other Asian reefs as well.The Wildlife Conservation Society sent biologists to Aceh province, on the tip of Sumatra Island, in May when waters in the Andaman Sea peaked at 93 degrees Fahrenheit -- a 7 degree rise over long-term averages.The biologists found that the coral was suffering...

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2010-08-18 09:40:30

Tiny toads, extinct in the wild, now reside in propagation center in Dar es Salaam after being bred by Toledo Zoo and Bronx Zoo In a bold effort to save one of the world's rarest amphibians from extinction, one hundred Kihansi spray toads have been flown home to Tanzania after being painstakingly reared at the Bronx Zoo and The Toledo Zoo working in close partnership with the Tanzanian government and the World Bank. The toads now reside at a new, state-of the-art propagation center in Dar es...

2010-08-18 05:00:00

18 prominent zoos and aquariums are leading the way EAGAN, Minn., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leading zoos and aquariums - from Copenhagen to Calgary - announce their participation in a global conservation movement. In an unprecedented effort, these leading institutions are moving their animal management knowledgebase online through the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) - and working with organizations around the world to unite the global wildlife conservation...


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